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11 European players we’d love to see in The Barclays Premier League

11 European players we’d love to see in The Barclays Premier League

14/12/2015Sport

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If this season’s UEFA Champions League goal-fest has taught us anything, it’s that Europe’s top clubs are packed with stars who could light up the Barclays Premier League with ease. Here are 11 of our favourites that could – and should – be heading to the UK next season…

 

 

 

Miralem Pjanic, Roma

Miralem Pjanic

Little wonder then that his suitors include the Manchester clubs

Goals, grit, the vision to change a game with one pass… this 25-year-old Bosnian playmaker has everything any club could possibly want from a creative midfielder. Little wonder then that his suitors include the Manchester clubs, Liverpool, Spurs, Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Artyom Dzyuba, Zenit Saint Petersburg 

Artyom Dzyuba

The Russian striker is big, strong and brilliant in the air.

If you enjoy good old-fashioned centre forwards, you’ll love Artyom Dzyuba. The Russian striker is big, strong and brilliant in the air. He only joined Zenit this season, but has already bagged five UEFA Champions League goals.  

Maxime Lestienne, PSV Eindhoven 

Maxime Lestienne

Lestienne’s been especially impressive in this season’s UEFA Champions League

Just when you thought you knew every brilliant Belgian footballer, along comes a 23-year-old winger with lightning feet and an eye for goal. Lestienne’s been especially impressive in this season’s UEFA Champions League – grabbing two goals against CSKA Moscow and two assists against Manchester United. He’s rumoured to be on both Everton and Arsenal’s radar.

Vincent Aboubakar, Porto 

Vincent Aboubakar

scored eight goals in his first 13 games of the 2015/16 season.

And Porto’s latest striking sensation is… Vincent Aboubakar. The strong and pacey Cameroon international scored eight goals in his first 13 games of the 2015/16 season, including three UEFA Champions League strikes.

Hakan Calhanoglu, Bayer Leverkusen 

Hakan Calhanoglu

Reckoned to be the best free-kick taker since Cristiano Ronaldo.

Meet the younger, stronger Mesut Ozil. Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham have all been linked with this German-born Turkish attacking midfielder, who is reckoned to be the best free-kick taker since Cristiano Ronaldo. Don’t laugh – he netted 11 direct free kicks in his first 72 Bundesliga appearances.

Nabil Fekir, Lyon 

Nabil Fekir

This season, he has made his debut for France, bagged a hat-trick and been linked with Barcelona.

Last season, this 22-year-old attacking midfielder scored 13 goals and set up nine more on his way to being named Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year. This season, he has made his debut for France, bagged a hat-trick and been linked with Barcelona. Any move is unlikely to happen until next summer, however. He’s currently out with a knee injury, the poor lad!

Mateo Kovačić, Real Madrid 

Mateo Kovačić

He has yet to settle in Madrid.

Croatia’s 21-year-old midfield schemer has been described as both ‘a cross between Kaka and Clarence Seedorf’ and the ‘most talented youngster to sign for Inter since [the Brazilian] Ronaldo’. He has yet to settle in Madrid and Liverpool are said to be interested.

Jose Luis Gaya, Valencia 

Jose Luis Gaya

He reads the game brilliantly.

Valencia fans reckon this 20-year-old left-back is even better than his predecessor, current Barcelona and Spain star Jordi Alba. He’s fast, he reads the game brilliantly and he’s said to be up for a move… if a club can meet his £13.5 million release clause.

Youri Tielemans, Anderlecht 

Youri Tielemans

Arguably the hottest youngster in European football.

Anderlecht’s swaggering 18-year-old midfielder is arguably the hottest youngster in European football. He made his UEFA Champions League debut at 16, has already racked up over 100 first team appearances, and has been likened to both Paul Pogba and Frank Lampard.

Leonardo Bonucci, Juventus 

Leonardo Bonucci

The Italian international is rock-hard in the tackle.

At 28, Bonucci is no spring chicken, but the Italian international is rock-hard in the tackle, brilliant in the air, and quite possibly the best ball-playing centre half in Europe. Chelsea would love him and are rumoured to be circling… 

Lucas Moura, PSG 

Lucas Moura

Ligue 1’s best dribbler seemed to be settled in Paris.

A few months ago, Ligue 1’s best dribbler seemed to be settled in Paris. Now, the flying Brazilian winger is behind Edinson Cavani and Angel Di Maria in the pecking order. This situation annoys him, but excites Manchester United, who are reported to be in pole position for his signature. 

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